If your doctor tells you that you have a health problem or suggests a treatment for an illness or injury, you might want a second opinion. This is especially true when you’re considering surgery or major procedures. Asking another doctor to review your case can be useful for many reasons:
- Doctors have different styles. Some may be more likely to suggest surgery or other major treatments. Others may suggest a slower, wait-and-see approach. Getting a second opinion can help you weigh the pros and cons of their treatment plans.
- You can be well-informed before you make a health decision. Another opinion allows you to discuss your options with a qualified doctor. For example, you may have to choose between traditional or robotic surgery. It’s good to think about the benefits and risks of both types. Or you might be considering different types of cancer treatment and want to visit several hospitals. Or another doctor’s opinion might shed more light on your diagnosis. The extra opinions help you make educated decisions.